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In Their Own Words – The Judges Discuss Their Choices

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290 – March 2017

Compiled by Joan Harrigan

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13 and 14 had an entry of more than 2,800 dogs in 200 breeds and varieties. A Westminster breed assignment is an honor—judging a group in the big ring at the Garden with millions watching in the arena, on television, or via the internet is an incredible experience. We asked the seven group judges and the Best in Show judge Thomas H. Bradley, 3d to talk about their assignments and placements. Monday evening’s groups began, as usual, with the hounds, judged by Mrs. Polly Smith of St. Stephens Church, Virginia.


“It was a great honor to judge at the Westminster Kennel Club—it is something that every judge would love to do! It was also a great honor that they asked me to judge the Hound Group. That was our group— we bred American Foxhounds and Welsh Terriers, but primarily American Foxhounds. It was a thrill to judge the same night as my husband, and wonderful to see his Herding Group winner go on to Best in Show.”

Group One:
GCh. Vin-Melca’s Daggarwood Delight
Norwegian Elkhound

Bred by Nicole Casavechia
and Kevin Richard
Owned by Patricia V. Trotter

“I had never seen this bitch before. She was just exquisite. She was of beautiful breed type, the correct size, and she had a lovely headpiece.”

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